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PSAT Reading: Understanding Reading Passages - Chapter Summary
Our video lessons help you develop skills for understanding reading passages and prepare you for concepts found on the PSAT Critical Reading Test. Our video lessons provide insight on:
- How to analyze a literary passage
- Inferring an intended meaning
- Improving reading comprehension
- Understanding reading strategies using visualization
- Defining connotation and denotation
- Interpreting literary meaning
After watching our videos, you become proficient in the concepts above and can successfully answer understanding reading passages questions on the PSAT Critical Reading Test. You will find that our video lessons are short and easy to understand. There are also supplementary quizzes that assess your understanding reading passages knowledge. You will receive your quiz results upon completion so you can decide if you're ready to sit for the PSAT.
PSAT Critical Reading Objectives
Since the PSAT is presented with the help of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), taking the PSAT means that you can use NMSC tools for career and college planning. If you're able to earn a high score on the PSAT, you may be considered for one of the NMSC's scholarship programs.
On the 2-section, 25-minute long PSAT Critical Reading Test, you will need to answer 13 sentence completion and 35 critical reading questions. The goal of the PSAT is to give you an idea of how prepared you may be for the SAT, as well as help you get a feel for the SAT's format. If you aren't ready to take the SAT, your PSAT scores can help you understand which concepts need to be focused on.
1. Navigating a Reading Passage with Transitions
In this lesson, you'll get some tips and advice for using transitional words or phrases to navigate a reading passage and find the main point. Then, you can practice yourself in the quiz.
2. Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies
In this lesson, learn about two different approaches to reading a work of literature: big picture strategies and close reading strategies. Discover how these two perspectives can be put into practice through examples from the play 'Romeo and Juliet.'
3. Reading Strategies Using Visualization
In this lesson, we will define visualization. We will then discuss why this step is important, how we can visualize, and when you should visualize. Finally, we will look at a sample from a poem and practice visualizing.
4. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage
In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.
5. Hypothesis, Explanations & Conclusions in Reading Passages
All science experiments follow the same pattern in order to determine the truth. This lesson discusses how some reading passages use the similar structure of a hypothesis, explanation and conclusion to prove arguments.
6. Finding Evidence in a Reading Passage: Strategies & Examples
In this lesson, we will discuss a few strategies for finding evidence in a reading passage. It is important to find evidence in reading passages for the purpose of answering question prompts and supporting a claim.
7. Identifying Irrelevant Sentences in a Passage
Irrelevant sentences can detract from the meaning of a passage. This lesson will explain what an irrelevant sentence is and demonstrate ways to identify them in a passage. We will end with a short quiz to test what you have learned.
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Other chapters within the PSAT Prep: Practice & Study Guide course
- PSAT: About the Test
- PSAT Writing: About the Writing & Language Test
- PSAT Writing: Sentence Clarity and Structure
- PSAT Writing Usage & Punctuation
- Word Use & Expressions in Writing
- Argument & Evidence Analysis in Writing
- About the PSAT Reading Test
- PSAT Reading: Reading Passages
- PSAT Reading: Interpretation & Analysis of Text
- Analyzing Data & Graphs in a Reading Passage
- PSAT Reading: Literary Terms
- Important U.S. Documents & Speeches
- Analyzing Words in Context while Reading
- PSAT Math: About the Math Test
- PSAT Math: Numbers and Operations
- PSAT Math: Equations and Expressions
- PSAT Math: Quadratic Equations
- PSAT Math: Exponents
- PSAT Math: Rational Equations and Expressions
- PSAT Math: Inequalities
- PSAT Math: Functions
- PSAT Math: Ratios, Rates & Proportion
- PSAT Math: Geometry and Measurement
- PSAT Math: Triangles & Trigonometric Ratios
- PSAT Math: Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability
- PSAT Prep Flashcards